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DATE=8/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=AFGHAN FIGHTING (L) NUMBER=2-252681 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=KABUL INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Another round of fighting has erupted in Afghanistan between the Taleban and opposition forces. As Correspondent Scott Anger reports from Kabul, echoes of artillery could be heard throughout the city as the Taleban launched another offensive in recaptured territory north of the capitol. Text: Taleban forces say they have recaptured two towns in their latest offensive against opposition fighters. In addition, the hard-line Islamic movement says it has re-taken the strategic opposition airbase at Bagram about 60-kilometers north of Kabul. An opposition spokesman denies the Taleban holds the airbase. But, he admitted the Taleban have captured Karabagh and Kalakan after intense fighting. Both sides are reportedly using heavy artillery along the battlefront. The front line has shifted at least two times during the past two-weeks as each side has launched an offensive and counter-offensive bringing the battle lines back to their original positions. The Taleban launched a major offensive late last month that drove the opposition back into their stronghold in the Panjshir valley. Soon after, the opposition struck back, forcing the Taleban to retreat from all the territory they had gained. Wednesday, Taleban jet fighters flew a number of bombing missions from the capital's airport, striking positions the opposition has held since driving the Taleban back toward Kabul. There is no independent confirmation on casualties from the latest fighting. With the Pakistan-based "Afghan-Islamic Press" saying many of the injured have been brought to hospitals in Kabul. Meanwhile, tension has been rising in the capital since the Taleban defeat last week. A number of check points manned by young Taleban soldiers with heavy machine guns have been set up throughout the city. Vehicles and their occupants are stopped and searched for weapons. A curfew set up earlier by the Taleban is still in place. Afghanistan's warring factions have ignored pleas for peace by the United Nations in western countries to finally bring peace to the war ravaged nation. Since taking control of Kabul in 1996, the Taleban has fought to defeat the last remaining opposition, which still controls about 10-percent of the country. (Signed) NEB/SA/LTD-T/RAE 11-Aug-1999 09:54 AM EDT (11-Aug-1999 1354 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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